Replacing Bottas with Russell not realistic says Wolff

Toto Wolff has played down suggestions that Mercedes might be on the cusp of a sensational driver lineup change for 2021. But that was before Hamilton contracted covid-19, and George Russell came within what team boss Wolff describes as a “colossal f*** up” by the team of victory on Sunday. “It won’t be his last attempt to win a race,” Wolff said of Russell’s performance. But he denied that Mercedes will now try to extract Russell from his 2021 Williams contract. “George is a Mercedes driver but also a Williams driver with a Williams contract,” said Wolff. “That’s why I don’t see this as a sad day – this is a day on which the team learned something.

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